Music

Music Review: Paramore, Paramore

Four years in between albums, along with break-up rumors followed by a very nasty public split with founding band members is usually the kiss of death in a fickle music industry.  Radio will forget about you.  Fans will grow impatient and move on.  The next album without the original band members will probably suck and record executives will drop you in a heartbeat if you’re not churning out the hits and putting money in their pockets. […]

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Books

Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

What if your child committed an unspeakable crime? Would you cover it up or would you choose the moral high road and turn him or her in, even if it meant your 15-year-old might spend the rest of his or her life in a prison cell? This is the dilemma two families face in The Dinner, the first N.Y. Times bestselling novel from Dutch author Herman Koch. The book follows the events at dinner as brothers Paul […]

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TV

It’s time to say goodbye to American Idol

When American Idol premiered back in the summer of 2002, probably no one could have predicted it would last twelve seasons (with no sign of stopping), see copycat shows on nearly every other television network, or single-handedly save a tanking Fox. The first season produced a viable star in Kelly Clarkson, who has gone on to sell over 23 million albums worldwide and ten years after she won the title, had her most successful hit […]

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Travel

They tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember: Texas & New Mexico Road Trip

I love to travel. In my 29 years that I’ve been traveling, I’ve managed to visit 47 states, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, 8 Canadian Provinces, and the Southern Caribbean region. My friend Jenny and I began planning this trip around 5 months ago and managed to drive over 2,000 miles through Texas and New Mexico in 6 days, consuming as much Tex-Mex as we could. Here’s a brief re-cap of our trip: Day 1: San […]

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Music

10 Muscians You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Give a Listen, pt. 2

Great Big Sea Canadian folk/rock/Irish band Great Big Sea are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a band this year. Since 1993, the band has been performing their upbeat blend of traditional Irish folk and pop music all over the world. Great Big Sea has had huge success in their home Province of Newfoundland and nearly all of their albums have gone platinum or gold in Canada. They’re also members of the Canadian Music Hall of […]

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Music

10 Musicians You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Give a Listen, Pt. 1

Butch Walker Georgia-born singer/songwriter/producer Butch Walker is no stranger to the music business – he’s been performing in bands and as a solo artist since the late 80s. While you may not have heard any of his solo music, chances are you’ve heard something he’s written or produced for other musicians on the radio. Walker has penned and produced monster hits for Avril Lavigne, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Fall Out Boy, however the […]

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